Tis the season for holiday gatherings – well, almost. And along with those gatherings of family and dear friends comes A LOT of pictures. In fact, the lights strung around the tree or the ones decorating the house don’t hold a candle to the camera flashes going off all around during these events.
But even while capturing priceless memories with loved ones, those flashing lights can be quite unforgiving to your skin. Face it, they’re not going to hide the lines and wrinkles that stare back at you in the mirror or the sagging skin you noticed recently on your neck or jawline. In fact, the flashes often enhance these features…and the finished photo provides permanent proof!
But not to worry. There are several medical aesthetics treatment options available in the Cincinnati area that can have you looking more than camera-ready in plenty of time for your upcoming get-togethers. Here we’re highlighting a handful of treatments that tend to require just a bit of patience in obtaining the best results. But by timing your treatments a little in advance, you’ll be all ready for those fun gatherings and the inevitable photos that accompany them.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by making tiny, unnoticeable pricks in the skin, which stimulate the body’s own production of collagen and elastin. The result is an improvement in the appearance of lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks on the face, neck, chest, and other body areas. Skin will appear tighter and more toned following treatment. Though no downtime is needed with microneedling, it can take up to a few weeks to experience full results. That’s why the few short months before the holidays are an optimal time to get this amazing treatment.
Neurotoxin injections, like Botox®, Xeomin®, and Dysport®, are wonderful treatments to get in the weeks leading up to the holidays. These neurotoxins act to safely relax muscle tension in various areas of the face to cause a smoothing effect where repeated facial expressions have caused pesky creases in the skin. These come in the form of crow’s feet, angry 11s (between the eyebrows), forehead creases, and marionette lines around the mouth. Though most patients notice almost immediate results to the treatment area, it can take up to a few weeks to experience the height of your results, which will last for a few months.
Injectable dermal fillers are also a great pre-holiday treatment to smooth lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, and hands just in time for social gatherings. During the aging process, we all eventually develop wrinkles and folds in the skin that no cream can make disappear. Dermal fillers are usually comprised of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that eventually diminishes with age. By injecting fillers into areas that need a little more volume, a favorable plumping effect occurs to smooth wrinkles and fine lines. Like injectable neurotoxins, the results tend to improve over the course of a few weeks but are ultimately temporary. However, they tend to last a little bit longer than neurotoxins, sometimes up to a full year!
Laser Hair Removal
While this treatment may seem more of a summer kind of thing at first thought, laser hair removal is actually an ideal treatment to get when your exposure to the sun is low…like the cooler fall months leading up to the holidays. Planning is important if you’re thinking of having this procedure because the laser targets the darker pigment in the hair follicle. If you’re already overly tan, the laser can potentially target the pigment in your skin rather than the follicles themselves. But get the timing right and your skin will be silky smooth and stubble-free by the time those holiday pics roll around.
These are just a few top picks for pre-holiday treatments to ensure the countless photos you find yourself in are as flattering as possible. You may even be the belle of the ball (or the ugly holiday sweater party…whatever tickles your fancy) if you choose the right treatment weeks, or even months in advance. Talk to your trusted medical aesthetics provider today to map out a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Zero Gravity Med Spa has been serving people in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area with these treatments and much more for over three years. If you don’t already have a provider, they would love to have the chance to serve you as well.